DALLAS — Alamo Drafthouse announced Tuesday that it was temporarily closing all of its movie theaters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The company made the move because of the lack of major new releases, according to a message from CEO Bill DiGaetano posted on their site.
The closures are effective immediately and any guests who had purchased tickets for upcoming showings will receive a full refund, the company said.
"This is a terribly difficult and disappointing decision, but we’re hopeful that by pausing now, we’ll be able to reopen all six of our DFW franchise locations once a steady stream of new releases resumes," DiGaetano said on the site.
The movie industry has been hard-hit by the pandemic, with many major releases delayed until 2021.
At least one movie chain -- Regal -- had previously announced it was closing temporarily. AMC said it was committed to staying open.